Just one day prior, GB News had announced that Johnson – the ex-Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP shunned over Partygate and misleading parliamentarians, among other scandals – would soon present a new series on the channel “showcasing the power of Britain around the world”.
The Tory politician added in a video posted to Twitter/X that he was “excited” to join the “remarkable, new TV channel” to give his “unvarnished views” on issues such as Russia, China and the war in Ukraine.
We\u2019re delighted to announce some very exciting news\u2026\n\nhttps://t.co/BRg8ZgTy1X
Yet on his show Neil Oliver Live, Oliver used a monologue to take aim at Johnson as part of a rant about “dreadful people in charge” who “suffer no consequences”.
He continued: “I also say those dreadful people are invariably cowards, which partly explains why they do those dreadful things, or at least stand by while dreadful events unfold.
“Another British former prime minister, Boris Johnson, locked down a country in lockstep with all the rest, leading to death and economic destruction on an unmeasured scale, and pushed medical products that were, unquestionably, neither safe nor effective – not even in terms of Big Pharma’s own self-regulatory policies – on millions of people, children included.”
Yes, that is all one sentence.
“It was the Nato bag carrier who scuppered hopes of an early peace deal in Ukraine. Like Blair, like the Clintons, like Obama and the rest, he’s now on the luxury lecture sector, trousering a fortune along the way.
“The wages of sin, as it turns out, come in seven figures, or eight,” Oliver vented.
And as a quick factcheck to cover all of Oliver’s rhetoric: the safety of coronavirus jabs for both adults and children was “extensively reviewed” by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), while analysis from the Office for National Statistics found Covid vaccine effectiveness against hospitalisation rose from 52 per cent after the first dose to 77 per cent on the third.
Oliver’s remarks, though, have people wondering just how tense the atmosphere will be when they both work for the same employer in 2024:
Neil Oliver doesn\u2019t exactly roll out the red carpet here for Boris Johnson\u2019s arrival at GB News \ud83d\ude02\n\nHe describes BoJo as someone who\u2019s \u201con the luxury lecture circuit, trousering a fortune along the way\u201d\n\nOffice water cooler chat is gonna be awks \ud83e\udd23
If Neil Oliver believed a single word he read off the autocue, then surely he\u2019d be so aghast at having Boris Johnson as a co-host that he would leave the station in disgust, right?\n\n\u2026RIGHT!?
The UK.\n\nImagine Neil Oliver and Boris Johnson on the same network.\n\nGB News.\n\nNot going to happen.\n\nWho wins?
Where does this put the (at least) two @GBNEWS presenters who believe Boris Johnson lied to the nation about the severity of Covid as part of a global conspiracy to bring about the New World Order? Could his first show be a joint interview with Neil Oliver & Bev Turner?
Oliver isn’t the only GB News host to slam the appointment, either, as Monty Python star John Cleese – whose 10-part series The Dinosaur Hour kicks off on the channel on Sunday night – said he could “hardly believe” the broadcaster is giving a “proven serial liar his own programme”.